I didn’t get around to posting an iPhone Friday yesterday so thought I would do a iPhone post today combined with a Hank update, there isn’t a great deal to see as most of the work has been carried out under Hank, things like new adjustable suspension all round, drop spindles fitted on the front, lowering the car by 2 1/2″ , rubber bumpstops and new gators fitted all over the place.
Here’s the bits you can see.
New Stainless steel front bumper and clear indicator lens.
New rear stainless steel rear bumper and rear light lens, these and the front bumpers will be coming off when Hank goes into paint but would rather make sure they fit now then when he’s got fresh paint.
New steering wheel and a Gene Burg gear shifter.
Have a great weekend.
Digging through some old photos I found a rig move we did out of Dundee, I haven’t spent any time in Dundee so don’t know much about the place except what I just read on Wiki and it does sound like a pretty cool place.
We joined a jack-up called the Rowan Viking, this was brand new and wasn’t long here from Singapore, however if I remember it did sit in Dundee for a few months before I joined, due to red tape.
It a pretty big rig, 264′ in length and 289′ wide and can accommodate 120 people and can drill to a depth of 35000′.
At last we are on our way.
And I couldn’t resist a HDR of Dundee.
I’m back on dry land after 14 days at sea, it was a good rig move, all went well and nobody got hurt.
This shot is from a rig move I was part of, starting in Amsterdam, we had a couple of days before we left and found this really nice steak house, we would order beers and steak and sit outside and watch the world go by, mainly on boats and bicycles, very relaxing.
Have a great weekend.
I’m having some problems with WordPress at the moment, I find I’m having to log on each and every time I wish to comment or ‘like’ on anyones blog, this gets really annoying after a while, so if I don’t comment I’m sorry and I hope they sort it out soon, I have contacted them and each time I do the responses I get is always the same, “turn on cookies” which I have done but its still the same but with the added hassle of around 40 spams a day.
Just finished a 235 mile tow which only took 48hours, just put 8 Anchors on the seabed in 12hours and now I’m chilling, I’ve been on nights so feel very tired, to combat this I had two deserts, I think my body was craving a sugar rush, trouble is now I can’t sleep.
Anyway here are a couple of shots of the move taken with my iPhone,
This is the tow vessel, it’s the Olympic Zeus, I’ve posted it before, it has something like 25,000 HP and a bollard pull of 250 tons so has no problem pulling us along at five knots.
And a very nice day in the North Sea.
This is the Rig, you can see by the wake we are making we are cruising along very nicely.
Have a great weekend, I’ll still be on here, chilling.
Morning all, I thought I would introduce you to my other passion, as you may of read in my last post, I’m a bit of a petrol head, or maybe I should say a bit of a frustrated petrol head, see I love cars, love working on them, would love to restore one, love everything about them, the trouble is I don’t have a garage, well not one big enough to hold a car, so it makes it very difficult to work on it, I have however spent the weekend turning my small garage into a workshop, and i’m really pleased with the result. So now when the weather is warmer and it stops raining I can drive the car up to the workshop and work on it, albeit still outside but better than not being able to work on it at all.
Now I suppose you would like to see my pride and joy.
It’s a 1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, imported from sunny California, this is it as I purchased it just over a month ago.
As I work on “Hank”(thanks to my wife) I’ll post more shots, I will be showing Hank at Carfest in August this year.
On my recent visit to Scotland I spent a bit of time with my Nephews, over a few cold beers we talked about the beauty of Scotland, the flora and fauna, like the salmon making it’s way up stream to lay her eggs, red squirrels collecting nuts for the cold winter ahead and young deer scratching at the snow for some winter grass to eat.
This got me thinking and we made a decision to venture out the following day and check out some of Scotland’s wildlife.
Now you may be thinking how I don my thermals and waterproofs, fill a backpack with essentials like spare water, barley sugar sweets, one of those foil sheets, a GPS, shave off my moustache but keep my beard, grab my hiking pole and head off, after of course informing family and friends of where we are going and when we will be back.
Thats what a sensible person would do, but i’m an offshore worker and a petrol head so we took this.
Found a bit of snow on the top of the mountain.
We aren’t stuck here, just changing drivers.
You don’t need to follow a track in this beast, as long as the trees have been cut down.
I don’t know what all the fuss is about now, we didn’t see any wildlife.
No tree or any wildlife was hurt in the making of this post. Have a great weekend.
I’ve been a bit slack with posting lately, I would like to say I’ve been busy doing this and that, but honestly I haven’t, I have just been offshore and before that selling and buying a new (old) car. Check out my car on Instagram @rigmover.
I decided my blog is a travel blog so I’ll post when I’m traveling, or have been travelling, not just post for the sake of posting.
After getting back from offshore I decided not to go straight home but to visit family in Scotland and stay the weekend, I’ve always liked Scotland and never need much of an excuse to stay awhile.
Here’s my brother house, great to see after a long cold walk with the dog.
And some of the out buildings on the farm next door.
In need of some repair I think.
Have a great weekend, now where’s that Whiskey.
During the seventeenth century the population of Kirkwall was below 1500 and it was possible for rich families to be buried in the nave of the Cathedral. The nave aisles are lined with grave stones from this period.
This is the grave stone of Captain Peter Winchester. The English inscription states that he, his wife, and their 3 children are buried there.
The grave stone is framed by the common masonic motif of ionic columns. The columns are spiralled with vines and grapes feature on the frieze. The steep pediment is dated 1675 and is flanked by birds and topped with a thistle. ( you will have to take my word for that as I chopped it off in the photo).
Couldn’t get over the Masonry, the work that must have gone into this.
Rooms leading off to room, and more great Masonry.
I spent 3 days in Kirkwall waiting for a boat a while back and as I have just done a few posts about the Shetland Islands I thought I better include the Orkney’s, this is St.Magnus Cathedral which dominates the skyline of Kirkwall, the main town of Orkney, a group of islands off the north coast of mainland Scotland. It is the most northerly cathedral in the British Isles, a fine example of Romanesque architecture built for the bishops of Orkney when the islands were ruled by the Norse Earls of Orkney.
It is owned not by the church, but by the burgh of Kirkwall as a result of an act of King James III of Scotland following Orkney’s annexation by the Scottish Crown in 1468. It has its own dungeon.
Its construction commenced in 1137 and it was added to over the next three hundred years. The first Bishop was William the Old, and the diocese was under the authority of the Archbishop of Nidaros in Norway. It was for Bishop William that the nearby Bishop’s Palace was built.
Before the Reformation, the Cathedral was presided over by the Bishop of Orkney, whose seat was in Kirkwall. Today it is a parish church of the Church of Scotland.
Sneaky shot of the inside.
Front door surround has seen better days, love those hinges.
Yes I know, but I promise it will be the last, First up is an old church that is now the Shetland Library, tried it in B&W first, I love the way you can see all the books through the windows.
Then in colour with a bit of vignette going on.
Last was one from the harbour that caught my eye.
Have a great weekend everybody, we have a busy one lined up, we are out socialising tonight and tomorrow night, just hope we can remember how to do it.